Syria - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (27 June 2017)


Q - As France’s red line in Syria is the use of chemical weapons, do you – like the United States – have any information on preparations for a chemical attack?

A - As the President said in the interview he gave to eight European papers on June 22, the use of chemical weapons in Syria is a red line for France. This issue is a crucial one in our discussions with our partners and the relevant international actors.

We remain fully mobilized to defend the chemical weapons non-proliferation regime, which prohibits the use of such arms. France is also fully committed to seeing that those responsible for such attacks are punished.

Q - Who are the parties with whom you believe a political transition should be negotiated in Syria?

A - The Geneva communiqué and UN Security Council resolution 2254 define the terms of reference for a negotiated political transition on which the international community agreed in order to bring an end to the conflict in Syria.

The negotiations taking place in Geneva between the Syrian parties, mediated by UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura, are aimed at achieving this. France supports them wholeheartedly.

This transition is crucial to stabilizing Syria and effectively combating terrorism.